It has been decided

After a long talk with Teresa, we have came to the conclusion that she has no faith in my ability to go thru school.  Yup, none what-so-ever.  It’s ok, I know where she is coming from, as I have stated before I don’t have 100% confidence I can do this, but dammit, I have to try.   I have to try for several reasons.

  1.  It gives me something to do besides sit on my butt playing computer games and reading Facebook posts all day.
  2. I need a purpose for living.  Yes, I love Teresa and my family and friends, but some days a person needs to think, “I live to do this or because of that.”  Not just for someone else.
  3. If I succeed, I will be able to become a productive member of society again.  Something I can’t claim and haven’t been able to claim for many years.
  4. I will be able to actually contribute to our household.  Yeah, I get my disability check, but that isn’t much and being on disability sucks.
  5. And finally, if I succeed, I will get a job and actually leave the house with purpose.

And I have decided I am going to major in Interdisciplinary Education (K-8).  Which is basically elementary and middle school general type studies.  Yup, I am going to try to become a teacher.

As I said before, being a teacher was dream #2.  Since dream #1 is impossible now.  Dream #2 is best choice.  I want to pay homage to all the great teachers I had growing up… Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Bedell, Mr. Still, and those teachers I can’t quite remember the name of.  I was lucky.  I want to show Mr. Halashack that an asthmatic kid who couldn’t graduate normally from high school can eventually make a comeback and become a teacher.

I know that some of you who know me don’t think I can hack it as a teacher.  Well, you may very well be right, but there is only one way to find out and that is to try.

By the way, the starting salary for a teacher in Des Moines in $32,685.00.  Which is chump change.  Good thing Teresa has a good job.

My sister-in-law said that I should only do this if I felt it was a calling.  Yeah, its calling and dammit, I am gonna answer the call.

Heh, I will be 52 when I graduate, giving me roughly 10 or so years to work before retiring.  Then again, that would be the same with any job I got now.  Yeah, I could do the computer degree in 3 years probably and the teaching one is probably going to take 5.  That is fine, a couple years makes no real difference.

In the words of the Animals…  “It’s my life and I’ll do what I want”  Yes, this is what I want.






Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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